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Casey Reas is an artist whose conceptual and minimal works explore ideas through the contemporary lens of software. Reas’s software and images derive from short text instructions explaining processes that define networks. The instructions are expressed in different media including natural language, machine code, computer simulations, and static images. Each translation reveals a different perspective on the process and combines with the others to form a more complete representation.
He has shown his work at the Whitney Museum of American Art's artport, Ars Electronica in Austria, ZKM in Germany, Transmediale in Berlin, GAFFTA in San Francisco, Uijeongbu International Digital Art Festival in Korea, the Danish Film Institute, bitforms gallery in New York and Seoul, IAMAS and ICC in Japan, the Microwave International Media Art Festival in Hong Kong, and the Sonar Festival in Barcelona.
Reas was a graduate student and researcher in the Aesthetics and Computation Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s MIT Media Lab from 1999 to 2001. Building on his professional experience and undergraduate studies in design at the University of Cincinnati, he spent the next two years developing software and electronics as an artistic exploration.
While studying design in Cincinnati, Casey Reas was a member of a band called 'nancy' with Scott Devendorf and Matt Berninger, who went on to become members of The National. They released one album, called 'ruther 3429'.
After graduating, Reas began to exhibit his software and installations internationally in galleries and festivals.
In 2003, Reas moved to Los Angeles where he is currently an associate professor in the department of Design | Media Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Reas is also notable for having created the Processing programming language. Together with Ben Fry, he created the software while at MIT, and it is now used by thousands of artists and designers worldwide.
Processing programming language
- Casey Reas and Ben Fry, Processing: A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists, MIT Press, 2007. (With Ben Fry)
- Casey Reas, Process compendium 2004-2010, REAS Studio, 2010. ISBN 978-1-4507-2713-6
- Bruce Wands, Art of the Digital Age, Thames & Hudson, 2006. ISBN 0-500-23817-0.
- Mark Tribe and Reena Jana, New Media Art, Taschen, 2006. ISBN 3-8228-3041-0.
- Joline Blais and Jon Ippolito, At the Edge of Art, Thames & Hudson, 2006. ISBN 0-500-23822-7.
- http://artport.whitney.org/commissions/softwarestructures/ Software Structures
- Reas, Casey; Fry, Ben (2007). Processing: a programming handbook for visual designers and artists. MIT Press.